Taylor: Let’s win the lot

Pompey striker Ryan Taylor Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey striker Ryan Taylor Picture: Joe Pepler

RYAN TAYLOR surveyed Pompey’s League Two run-in and vowed: Let’s win them all.

The striker has called for a victorious finale to the Blues’ campaign as confidence flows from the squad.

Taylor summed up that renewed conviction by stating his team can win all of their remaining four games.

Andy Awford’s side picked up their third win on the bounce with their 4-1 demolition of Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

That makes it Pompey’s best run of results since they won six on the trot under Steve Cotterill in 2011.

They now go into a huge relegation double-header against Bristol Rovers and Northampton over the Easter weekend.

The Blues then bring the curtain down on the campaign with clashes against Bury and Plymouth.

Taylor has set his stall out for a 12-point return to end the League Two season in style.

He said: ‘We’re not looking at it that we need to win another game or two.

‘The way we are looking at it is there are four games left, we’ve won three, so why not go and win them all.

‘It’s not unrealistic or out of reach for us to do that.

‘If we keep playing how we are at the moment we are capable of winning the lot.

‘It’s a big statement, but why can’t we?

‘There are four games left and we aren’t going into them thinking that we are going to lose.

‘It’s four games and four wins.

‘All of the games are going to be tough in the run-in.

‘It’s not going to be easy for us, but we know what we can do.’

Taylor highlighted the change in Pompey’s dressing room as a result of Awford’s arrival as caretaker manager.

He confirmed Awfs has delivered a self-belief to the team which had previously been missing under Richie Barker.

Saturday’s victory lifted Pompey to 16th in the table.

But with second-from-bottom Northampton’s form improving, it is still just a five-point gap from the relegation zone.

Taylor knows there remains some distance to travel until the team is safe.

‘It’s three games and three wins. It’s not bad from the manager. He’s just instilled confidence in us,’ said Taylor.

‘He’s told us to go out, play with a smile on our faces, enjoy it – and win. That’s what we’re doing at the moment.

‘It’s not a bad record and we just need to keep it up.

‘He’s wrote more or less the same things on the board every week. And the bottom thing on the board has said: “Win”. We’ve done that.

‘It’s a good start from him, but we need to keep up those standards.

‘The dressing room is a good place to be at the moment.

‘There were a few dancing around after the game on Saturday. But we know we need to keep the standards high and get ourselves safe as soon as possible.’